[julie anne ines]
The ABA Journal recently posed a question that I’m sure many a lawyer and many a graduating law student have been asked: “If you could start from scratch, would you opt to take the LSAT and go to law school?”
I haven’t had the, um, privilege of seeing the movie, but I imagine it has something to do with a troubled middle-ager who gets a second chance to do things differently and learns some things along the way to a happy ending.
Unfortunately, life is nothing like it is in the movies.
In real life, we live with the consequences of our actions. And, in the case of law school, those consequences can add up to debt in the six-figures and work that isn’t as fulfilling or as profitable as one pictured while an idealistic law student, according to many of the posters on in the ABA Journal’s comment section.
Here’s a gem from poster “Captain Obvious”:
More heartening comments after the jump.
User “Hmm” isn’t helping either:
After reading the two comments above, I was about ready to run in the other direction and started to doubt my decision to leave a career as a journalist to attend law school.
Surprisingly, though, the amount of people on the board who don’t regret their decisions is almost equal to the amount of those who do.
The key to happiness? I’ll get back to you on that one, but there is a way to not be miserable post law school graduation like commenter “T”:
In the comments posted at the ABA site, it seems that what distinguishes the happy lawyers/former law students from their regretful peers is that law and the work involved with being a lawyer is something they enjoy. They also knew the nature of the work they were getting into from the start.
The take-away for 0Ls, like me?
Know what you're getting into, know that you want to practice law and know that, if you're taking out loans, you won't be living like the Trump four years out of law school. Now we know, and, as the G.I. Joe PSAs say, knowing is half the battle.
(Bonus PSA because it's Friday!)